It;s been an amazing year for combat sport here locally and around the world. My decision where hard but they have been made. Here’s the 2015 Caged Minds Combat Sports Awards.
2015 Big League (UFC/ Bellator) Male MMA fighter of the year Luke Rockhold went (2-0) submitting Lyoto Machida & TKO-ing Chris Weidman to become UFC Middleweight Champion of the World
2015 Big League (UFC/Bellator) Female MMA Fighter of the Year Joanna Jedrzejczyk went (3-0) in the year defeating Carla Esparza (TKO) & Jessica Penne (TKO), and Valarie Letourneau (UD). The win over Esparza saw Joanna capture the Woman’s UFC Strawweight Championship of the World.
2015 Big League (UFC/Bellator) NM Male Fighter of the year Tim Means went (3-1) this year in the UFC defeating Dhiego Lima (tko), George Sullivan (sub), and Joh Howard (ko)
2015 Big League (UFC/Bellator) NM Female Fighter of the Year Holly Holm went (3-0) this year, defeating Raquel Pennington (sd), Marion Renaeu (ud), and Ronda Rousey (ko); to become Woman’s UFC Bantamweight Champion of the World.
UFC KO of 2015 Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 to become UFC Woman’s Bantamweight Champion of the World
Boxer of the year for 2016 (3-0 3 TKO’s) Defeating Martin Murray, Willie Monroe Jr., and David Lemieux
Fight of the year Lawler vs. MacDonald 2.in their UFC welterweight title fight during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2015 NM Male Boxer of the year Brain Mendoza (8-0, 5 KO’s)
NM MMA Male Fighter of the year (not UFC or Bellator) Dorian Dixon went (4-0) this year defeating Jesse Long (sub), Nolan McLaughlin (ud), John Rozema (sub), and Javier Palacios (tko)
2015 NM Male Amateur Fight of the Year Jesse Tafoya 6-1 in the year
2015 NM Female Pro MMA Fighter of the year Brenda Gonzles 2-0 both UD, and won the Sugar Creek Showdown Bantamweight Championship
2015 NM Female Amateur Fighter of the Year Jayme Hinshaw (3-1) 3 subs win KOTC, 1 dec L on short notice for RFA
2015 NM MMA Fight of the Year: Nick Urso (on the right) def. Joshua Montoya (left) via unanimous decision in the Main Event of Jackson’s MMA Series XIV. Close runner up was the main event of Jackson’s MMA Series XVI where Donald Sanchez def. Nick Rhoads via unanimous decision
2015 MMA Comeback of the year Yomi Hereredia def Jon Sparks via submission kimura after almost getting stopped twice in the 1st round
2015 NM Boxing Fight of the Year: Rumble at the Rock from May 9th Tony Valdez & Gilberto Mendoza fought to a 6 rd split draw
New Mexico Upset/shock of the Year Manuel Eastman def. Cody East via 1st rd KO at Cold War
2015 Event of the Year. With fighter and fights falling apart all the time this event had 11 bouts with 9 stoppages and 2 split decisions it was a great night of action. http://cagedminds.com/2015/11/king-of-the-cage-evolution-results/